Good afternoon Steepsterites!
These are the same leaves as from this morning and I’m having the second steep now. Sort of.
It’s quite immoral of me to do so, very likely outright sacriledge, but I’ve done it anyway. I only hope those of you who have also tried this gem will forgive me.
I’ve experimented. This is an awesome tea all by itself with a complicated flavour profile. The sort of thing where you notice a new aspect almost every time you have it. If there is one thing it absolutely does not need it’s flavouring.
Nevertheless, in a moment of insanity I added a teaspoon of the Tisano Cacao stuff that Wombatgirl sent me earlier. This is either going to work or it’s going to completely ruin the Tan Yang.
The idea was to emphasise the natural cocoa notes in the tea, seeing as I’m definitely entitled to something cocoa-y, because I’m celebrating the loss of 1½ kg since wednesday and I’m not about to wreck that with chocolate. (I’m not stupid) Another 1½ kg and we hit the 10 kg total loss that was my goal when I started back in the summer.
Awesome. I am it.
I’m even happier to report that, WRONG AS IT IS, the experiment is working quite wonderfully. It is indeed quite cocoa-y, but those note are still at the base of the tea. On top of it, it’s still the same grainy sort of flavour. Maybe even a bit grainier than usual, which is a good thing. The smoky note is not as pronounced anymore though, which is rather a shame. I should have liked to see how smoky and cocoa would play together in equal parts.
It’s not better than it was pure, mind you. It’s as good. Different.
Just one more reason for it to have the full 100 points.